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Where to Find the Best Views in Las Vegas

From the Strip to the Skywalk, here's where to get the best views in Las Vegas.

Aerial view of the Las Vegas Strip
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Most travelers know about the iconic Strip, but Las Vegas offers much more than shimmering lights. Whether you ride in a helicopter, take a Lake Mead dinner cruise, or ascend 100 floors to an observation deck, here’s how to find the best views in and around Vegas. 

Colorado River

For riverside vistas.

At the bottom of the Hoover Dam is the Colorado River which is prime kayak and paddleboard territory. As you float on down the river, you can take in views of the desert landscape and hidden caves while beating the summer heat.

Helicopter rides

For aerial views.

For a bird’s-eye view of the glimmering, glamorous Strip, treat yourself to a nighttime helicopter ride. After taking off, snap photos of the downtown skyline and Las Vegas Boulevard as you pass famous hotels and casinos. 

A helicopter flies over the Grand Canyon.
Helicopter rides are a great way to see some of Vegas' top sights.Photo Credit: Anthony Cruz / Viator

Grand Canyon West Rim

For unparalleled scenery.

No visit to Las Vegas is complete without a little side trip to the Grand Canyon. For sweeping views across the West Rim of this geologic wonder, don’t miss the chance to take a Grand Canyon helicopter tour. As you fly, enjoy vistas of the canyon, the Colorado River, and Lake Mead.

Grand Canyon Skywalk

For gravity-defying views.

Head out of town to the Grand Canyon Skywalk—a glass-bottomed walkway perfect for panoramic views. Not for the faint of heart, this thrilling attraction will have you strolling high above the canyon floor.

Tourists walk out onto the Skywalk at Eagle Point.
Dare to step out onto the Skywalk for great views in Las Vegas.Photo Credit: Anthony Cruz / Viator

Zion and Bryce Canyon

For national park beauty.

Easily managed in a full day trip from Las Vegas, take in both the stunning vistas of Zion National Park and the sights of Bryce Canyon National Park. Each one is an Instagrammer's dream.

Stratosphere Tower

For tower-topping views.

There’s no better destination for panoramic views than the tallest building in Las Vegas—the Stratosphere Tower. Head to the building’s observation decks after a 100-floor ride in a high-speed elevator. At more than 1,000 feet (305 meters) above the city skyline, expect unparalleled views across the desert. And the rides atop the tower are worth the trip alone.

Tourists take a ride on the Stratosphere Tower Observation Deck.
Ride the rides atop the Stratosphere Tower observation deck.Photo Credit: Viator

Red Rock Canyon

For outdoor adventurers.

Just a few miles west of the Strip is Red Rock Canyon, where you can ride a scooter or even take a helicopter flightseeing excursion. This stunning area is also great for hiking, rock climbing, picnics, and horseback riding.

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